Oct 15th, 2010, 03:11 AM
ah candyman. I Have yet to see it but everything i've heard has led to soul crushing disappointment. i read a summary of it some time ago and didn't think much of it. i happened to not look into it and slowly my brain began to flesh out a what if scenario of what this movie could be.
The only knowledge i had was it was about an urban legend and the killer was tall. It wasn't much to go on but my brain, being the logic seeking device it was set to painting a story of what this film COULD have been.
First off i figured it was a story of racists dissapproving of some romantic event, which i hear is fairly accurate considering your views on the situation.
I Began to imagine the killer next, in 1990, when the film was made. After his death long ago, sometime in the 40's, his soul became cursed sort of like i imagine allows freddy kreuger to keep coming back to life. There was no hook on the arm, but he was definitely a bloodthirsty killer. a killer with a twist though.
After the opening sequence we'd see a young black woman in a dilapidated building in the inner city. She had heard the legend of the Candyman and decided to see if it was true, more as a personal joke than anything else. After gazing into the mirror and saying Candyman five times, the mirror suddenly begins to bleed before finally shattering. The young woman freaks out after seeing this and flees in fear.
As the scene slowly fades we see a leather clad arm dressed in white with red stripes. the camera slowly zooms up on a shot of the moon, which of course is blood red. All sorts of things go wrong in the ensuing week, as a number of the young woman's suitors turn up hideously murdered, although that word seems a bit tame. think Maniac style gore.
The night wears on and the young woman is locked up in an insane asylum and charged with no less than fifteen murders. Just as the polise detective places her under arrest for the murders, the police officer guarding the room flies through the door, his eyeballs, nose and lower jaw having been torn asunder.
The candyman enters the room and swiftly dispatches the detective in a bloody mess and the girl flees in absolute horror. She escapes the asylum with the Candyman in hot pursuit, leaving a trail of brutally slain corpses in his wake. He loses sight of her outside of the asylum and steps into view under a streetlight.
The candyman is dressed mostly in white leather with red stripes, though it is quite soaked with gore by now. His head is covered by a hood of which a close up reveals two misshapen red orbs of hate.
After returning home, the woman barricaded herself in her apartment, having grabbed a large kitchen knife for protection. After a tense silence, there comes a knock on the door. she enquires as to who it is, A low, rasping voice replies "Candyman." this causes the women to begin cowering in fear as her front window is smashed almost effortlessly. She prepares herself for a final stand as the candyman begins climbing the stairs. he comes closer and closer sending the woman reeling in fear.
In desperation she lunges forward with the knife, going for the candyman's throat. she misses but knocks the candyman to the ground, dropping the knife to the floor as her fight or flight reflex forces her to flee. As she flees off into the night, she hears the Candyman cry out in pure, unhindered fury.
after a series of further close calls the candyman traps the woman in the building in which he was originally summoned. The young woman silently resigns herself to death but the candyman is behaving rather strangely. He pulls a golden wedding band out of his hand, and it is almost charred black. He beckons her over to a similarly burnt photograph showing a young man and woman. The young woman looks just like our unnamed heroine, and she begins to cry with terror at what this murderous creature might do to her.
He steps into the moonlight and removes his hood and jacket, revealing a creature similar to the ghost of christmas future from scrooge, but instead of a monitor for a head, there is a lumpy mass of flesh with two hideous eyes slanted vertically, and positioned diagonally.
The candyman beckons to her with an outstretched hand, To which she fearfully takes. He leads her to a box in the corner, a box containing an aged and torn wedding dress. it's absolutely filthy. The candyman seems to want her to put the vile thing on, and it finally dawns on her.
This horrible creature that has sent her life to hell and back in just three nights believes she's his lost love. The candyman grows angry at her reluctance to put on the dress and just as he's about to kill her a police officer rushes in, quickly grabbing her and pulling her off to the side. The candyman Growls in raw fury as he raises his hand. the police officer screams in pain as his body tenses to unbearable levels before finally exploding in a gory mess.
Our heroine uses the distraction to flee and finds the building surrounded by dozens of police officers. They take her to safety and open fire on the candyman as he begins his pursuit. After several more people are killed, the candyman attempts to follow our heroine.
He doesn't get far before the local swat team opens fire on him. The bullets seem to pass through him harmlessly. he kills a swat member quite messily but stops as the sun begins to rise. The candyman begins to laugh hideously as he slowly fades into a puff of smoke. His reign of terror has ended, but the Candyman still remains. Fade to black, roll credits.
Corny? Heck yeah. Cliched? in spades! but i'd still prefer a movie like this compared to what i'm learning the true film is. as for the wierd love angle, it was inspired by the creature from the black lagoon.